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The second class also is not very numerously represented; probably the most interesting example of it is a panel of the fifth century door of St.
Sabina's where Alpha and Omegain Scripture) are carved on either side of the risen Christ.
The ashes for Ash Wednesday normally are made from blessed palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday.
As the Church anticipates the Season of Lent, the evening before Ash Wednesday is called "Fat Tuesday" or Shrove Tuesday.
Rich foods are consumed as the faithful prepare for time of fasting, abstinence, confession and penance.
This act symbolizes our mortality as well as our need for ongoing repentance.
It is a reminder that this life is short and merely a foreshadowing of what we shall become through the redemption of Jesus Christ on the cross.